Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

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When the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1936 Ty Cobb was the first inductee. Baseball royalty. By far the most thrilling player of his era many argue that he was the greatest to play the game. He was also one of its most controversial. Noted for fights both on and off the field, an aggressive style (he attempted to “create a mental hazard” for the opposition), he was a fierce and fiery competitor. And after his death in 1961 something strange happened to his reputation: he became a virulent racist, who hated women and children, and was in turn hated by his peers. Leerhsen’s biography, winner of the Society of Baseball Research’s 2015 Casey Award, takes on a formidable reclamation project and tells us how this happened and how wrong the received history is. Full of whimsical detail this is the biography that America’s first sports celebrity deserves. The Boston Globe called this “the best book ever written on this American sports legend.” Check Our Catalog

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